PGA Tour pros warned of dangers of gambling

Tour's new "Integrity Program" comes into effect at Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

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Fri, 5 Jan 2018

PGA Tour pros warned of dangers of gambling

PGA Tour professionals were this week given an online tutorial on the dangers of gambling in golf, which is now in effect as part of the Tour's new "Integrity Program".

The PGA Tour previously had a policy that banned players from betting at tour events. The new program, which comes with a mandatory tutorial, covers all six tours under the PGA Tour umbrella.

The Tour said it was not responding to an incident but rather took notice of the growing popularity of gaming on golf around the world.

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It hired Genius Sports to help with the program and illustrate some of the far-reaching effects of big-time gaming.

Along with a general concern of a person influencing the outcome, the Tour wants players to be aware of inside information that would be distributed for purposes of gambling.

The tour also has had security paying attention to fans in the gallery on the phone distributing real-time information.